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once confessed in dealing with light things that didn't really count. in fact as you'll see, quick clark who died today of a heart attack at age 82, was so modest, not only did they found, they counted a lot and they changed the world. he integrated a corner of the media watched by the entire nation while a third of that nation was still segregated. he turned a beat that kids could dance to into the motivating force of a business empire and made singers into fares. the legendary aretha franklin will join us in a few minutes. but here a look back at his career by koreen wynter. >> reporter: he was known as the world's oldest teenager. dick clark began his career on the weekly dance party that would later be known as "american bandstand" in philadelphia in 1956. the show became a national and later an international
sensation, after it was picked up by abc one year later. ♪ do the twist >> reporter: in spite of racial altitudes at the time, clark was a pioneer in promoting african-american artists, including percy sledge, the silhouettes, the supremes and gladys night and the pips. an appearance on "american bandstand" could launch their career. >> if you look at the history of dance, from the popular music to the -- through the rock 'n roll period, country music, rhythm and blues, rap music, it is everything. >> reporter: but music wasn't his only beat, clark proved a prolific businessman, hosting
the game show, the 25,000 pyramid. tv's bloopers and practical skroeks and of course the annual new year's rockin' eve broadcast, he turned his dick clark productions into a multimillion dollar media empire. clark created the american music awards in 1987 as a rival to the grammys. clark also had a hand in the global fundraising, live aid and farm aid. >> reporte from the early days of rock, dick clark had a way of bringing us the tunes that had a good beat, were easy to dance from and memories of saturday afternoon sock hops. >> extraordinary clear, extraordinary life, our next guest needs no introduction, royalty rarely does, arrest
aretha franklin. >> what did he mean to you personally? >> he was such a nice man--good evening, everyone, i'm sorry. such a nice and very easy man to work with, a very warm and classy and just an ageless person. and if you didn't go on "american bandstand" you just hadn't made it yet. you had to go on the bandstand. >> he was that important in america music. >> absolutely, if you didn't go on there, you hadn't made it. >> the appeal that spanned a nation, from music shows to game shows and new year's eve and more. it was a tough business, what made him such a success? >> i think that she was just so industry savvy and he was such a warm and personable kind of person, very well liked by everyone, the artists, industry people, everyone, even the
parents loved watching the bandstand. as a teenager i loved it. i started with him when the band stand was in philadelphia and that was long before he moved out to los angeles. but i started with him there and just so likable. it's very sad to hear that. >> were you nervous the first time you were on the show? >> you know it. you know it. but i made it. i made it and i went back a number of times that ha s after. he made you very comfortable. >> he introduced so many musical acts to the american public including many african-american performers at a time when they were not being given equal treatment on the national stage? >> uh-huh, uh-huh. that is true. he as well as mike douglas, out of cleveland, who i saw when tiger woods first came on the scene, i ran into mike douglas
and it was so great seeing him after all those years, but, yeah, they both were really, really fabulous. >> he also had integrated audiences, he had african-americans dancing with white couples as well, which again you just didn't see on tv at the time. >> no, you didn't an he very easy did it. he crossed that with no sweat. >> did you know at the time when you first started going on the show what a good businessman he was? a lot of people a good host, but he was very savvy. >> i had no idea, but as time went along, you began to see different things emerge, like the pyramid and his business enterprises, he had a beautiful office out in los angeles. i saw that. of course that was one of the highlights to see. and no one knew -- who knew, you
know, that he was that savvy. >> ms. franklin, stay with us, also joining us from american bandstand, little richard joins us now. what did dick clark mean to you? >> oh, he was a real, real personal friend of mine. we had an office at 9000 sunset and he had the dick clark's productions right across the street from us. and i knew dick way back there when we first started with "american bandstand" in philadelphia. >> his move to integrate his show, his move to give voice to african-american artists when they weren't getting on television in the same way, do you think that was a risky move at the time? was it a surprising move to some? >> dick has always been a beautiful person. he loved everybody, he was an
all around person and they was good people and they knew about it. if you had it, you had it, if you didn't, he still gave you a chance on the show. >> did you get nervous before a show? >> before i got to the piano, my hand gods es to shaking. >> it seemed like he was just talking to you, just talking to the viewers as well, but it's not that easy, i mean he was really, he had a very specific skill? >> yes, he just had it like that. very easy manner ato him. >> i also want to bring in dr. sanjay gupta. the statements from the agents say that he had a major heart attack while in the hospital for
another procedure. >> well, after ten years, i'm -- this is the first time i have talked about it, larry, i've got type two diabetes, which isn't earth shaking news, but what got me shook up, ten, 11 years ago, i didn't think anything about it, watch my diet, take a little medication and all would be well. and about four or five months ago that 2/3 of the people with diabetes or heart disease die of a stroke. >> he suffered a stroke shortly after that interview. how is a person with a history of massive stroke for a heart attack? >> a pretty significant risk. i'll add a couple of more things, once you get beyond 70, and you go from 70 to 80, and
you have an event like this, a significant heart understand debt goes. putting you at diabetes puts you at the same risk of a heart as having a previous heart attack. as you saw, anderson, it was ten years at the point he was talking about it, he already had the disease for ten years, and also the fact that he had a stroke, he had arthrosclerosis. even back at that time, several years ago and then he had this outpatient procedure, that could put him at significant risk, you start adding things up, it's something that doctors would be very concerned about because of his age and his past history. >> ms. franklin, did you surprise you, even in the last few years, even after his serious stroke, he still did the new year's celebrations, did it surprise you that he wanted to keep on working? >> no, it did not.
the industry is something that keeps one young and of course he had to have had a love for it to have done it as long and as well as he did it. oh, no i was not really surprised when he made such a courageous effort in coming back to the rockin' new year's eve, i did see that. and i just wished him well. >> ms. franklin, i have never seen anyone who stayed as youthful looking as dick clark did decade after decade after decade. we're going to take a short break, and we'll be back with more. ryan sechrest who's lucky enough to work long side him. it's been a joy to work with him
for the last six years, he was a remarkable host and businessman. we will all miss him. president obama also paying tribute tonight, quote, he reshaped the television landscape forever and for 40 years we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the new year, and more important than his ground breaking achievemenaek e.
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so who's in control now, mayans? breaking news tonight, the passing of dick clark died today at 82, he was part of perhaps the only legal pyramid scheme in american history, the $10,000 pyramid, also bringing the golden globes, and to put together a collection of his own bloopers on american bandstand? >> what do you think about girls in bikinis, do you endorse it? >> i like it. >> i'm with you, but it will be interesting. i honestly don't think american girls are going to go for this stuff. >> then there's some good old everyday mistakes. >> and now we roll along once again, this should be jerry lee -- no, zandie and the
juniors. we have so much to remind you about. the monkeys on the bandstand, the beetles today on bandstand and we have two of the top ten stars here tonight. you have heard johnny b. good. no? i gave it away how about the manual dexterity. take a look at a very nice machine provided by the ross electronics company of chicago. you can run it on batteries too, let's take the little top off, i have got this microphone tucked under my arm and i can't do anything. >> some moments of the early days of what we howle would tur into a media empire. >> dick clark was from the very start of "american bandstand" a
fresh faced young man who had an eye for business. he wanted to take his local tv aud show to -- clark who played off of his rising fame by hosting dances offcamera to make extra money. mike, can i have the mike back? just for a second? >> making money was always clark's admitted goal. he graduated from syracuse university with a degree in business administration and formed his own company the very year bandstand went national, investing in music publishing, record production and distribution. he said i knew being a performer does not necessarily carry with it a lot of longevity, that's why i became a producer. and what a producer. dick clark productions grew into a hollywood power house, clark over the decades became involved
in hit game shows, prime time reality shows, awards programs, holiday specials, feature films and tv dramas, by the late 1970s, he had signed one of the biggest production deals ever with nbc. the museum of broadcast communications estimates that clark's company produced 7,500 hours of programming, and there is, of course, new year's rockin' eve. that has been a mainstay of every audience since 1972. at times there seemed to be no end to how big dick clark's empire might grow. he hosted radio shows, opened restaurants, bought real estate, but he was a no nonsense stickler or details who started and ended meetings on time. he put one of his homes on sale
in malibu for an estimated 60 million. tom foreman, cnn, washington. >> back now joining us on the phone, the legendary aretha franklin. end for you, how influential is dick clark? >> he is amazingly so, because he was not only a greet host he was a great producer as you just saw. if you look at the breadth of awards, he came up with the -- the american music awards which is a huge show for abc, everything he did was an incredible breadth of work. >> were you surprised when he came up with the american music awards, in competition with the grammys and yet he made it a success. >> if dick clark did, if he
touched it, it turned to gold. and after the american music awards, everything was wonderful as the american music awards after party. >> tell us, i want to hear the details on this, ms. franklin. >> really good, really good. >> little richard, do you remember these after parties as well? >> i didn't ever attend any because of the traveling and going to other places, but anything dick clark touched, it becomes a success f it becomes gold. >> uh-huh. >> overnight because he's a very successful businessman, he's a tycoon in business, and he knows what he's doing and he knows how to do it. >> little richard did you know
when you started being on the show that he was as savvy a businessman? >> yes, i did. i had just made 7 to 9 myself. >> that's amazing. i have had two heart attacks and god brought me through and dick clark told me what i needed to do. i had pain and he told me what i needed to to do amend i started doing it. dick clark is a great businessman, he knows what he's doing. >> one of the best things that's happened to me in the last couple of weeks, was just listening you and ms. franklin talking to you during the break. richard, do you remember the first time you met aretha, frankl franklin? >> i always loved aretha frankl franklin, she got so much
feeling, you must move when she sings, she makes my toes move. >> ms. franklin, 2k50urdo you rr the first time you saw little richard? >> yes, many years ago i met richard at the apollo theater, he came backstage and we met. there was something he wanted me to record and i think it was "you saw me crying in the chapel" that was it. >> wow. but that's where we met. not that many years ago. >> not that many years, five years ago, maybe. >> she's way way younger than me. >> yeah, i was a baby then. >> she was way younger. she was a young girl. >> richard, what do you think dick clark's legacy is going to
be? >> oh, my god, i think that he made such a great contribution to the health and welfare of the young adults across this country and in and out of the country. >> we have got a digital dashboard question from one of our viewers from facebook. shirley asks was he as kind off set as he was on set? >> he was the same man on camera as he was off camera. he was just a warm and beautiful man. >> i think that's one of the things that kimberly came across on the screen, if viewers really didn't know who he was in person, but he came off as sort of the every man that was just very likable, a person you wanted in your home. >> what you see is what you get, what you see is it for dick,
he's a real, real, real good man. and i'm not just saying that because he's passed away, i hate that he's passed away but he is a good man that loved people and he shows his love and his joy to you. the last date i did with him- - him- ---i played for the party. >> that must have been quite some party. little richard, aretha franklin, thank you so much for talking with us tonight, i know you got to go. >> richard it sounds like you paid for the party. >> i been screaming, aretha. >> okay. >> all right, have a good night. >> nice hearing you, baby, i love you, god bless you. >> thank you so much anderson, it's a pleasure speaking with you, i'm sorry that it had to be on such a sad occasion.
>> i do too but it was honor for bringing you on here. >> thank you very much, i would love to have you back sometime. eddy coons is going to stick around. there are very few people that are broadcasters in the way he was. >> there was an oomt missile about him that i think spanned his entire career. when i was a producer at cbs news, he was creating a show called, it was a competition for the view. and it was an all male version. >> danny bonaduce and mario
lopez. >> i became a final his on this show and wound up with dick clark and spent a day with him in a room. had never met him before, he was so nice to me and so kind. and he also was on air, but he was really there as a producer. so he was going to be the barbara walters of the show and it did, it ran for a couple of years on abc. he was bringing amazing things out of me and i didn't even know how to be or act. he was just incredible in that room and he was so nice. >> we have also got bare gordy, another legend on the phone. we'll be right back. cuban cajun raw seafood pizza parlor french fondue tex-mex fro-yo tapas puck chinese takeout taco truck free range chicken pancake stack baked alaska 5% cash back.
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[ male announcer ] find out more at... [ duck ] aflac! [ male announcer ] ...forbusiness.com. [ yawning sound ] our breaking news tonight, the death of quick clark, the jacksons tonight put this statement on -- not only did he create a beloved platform for artists to break through, he single and -- it is really mind-blowing the number of music giants, the jacksons included who played american bandstand in the decades it aired on network television. here's a moment from 1970. >> ladies and gentlemen would you greet the jackson 5. ♪ ♪ two plus two makes four
>> i'll amazing. i was watching some quotes from madon madonna, end cohn watch what happens live is joining us in the studio. and the legendary barry gordy and the hit behind that song and many more. mr. gordy, thanks so much for being with us. what are your thoughts about the impact that dick had on the music industry? >> first of all i am so saddened and devastated over the loss. i heard about it this morning and i just could not get myself together for a while. dick and i were friends for over 50 years. and i was -- you know, i was from detroit and he was from philly and we wound up being next door neighbors in malibu, california for a long time. to we had a lot of time together and i knew him just very well and what he did for music was
just beyond even explanation. and what he did for me personally, was the same way. the act that i had on the show, if it were not for dick clark, i do not believe motown would have been the company it was. >> because he was willing to put so many african-american artists on the air, and his program was integrated, black people and white people in the audience dancing? >> well, i don't think he really, you know, it was just kind of what he was and it was like music overcame everything. you know, the bandstand platform was such that he brought it in from the top to the low eest --o
beach boys to little richard. i just think he didn't do tritt a soapbox, he just did it, that's who he was. he was about music and he knew music brought people together and i don't think he thought as much about it as the public did. obviously he got some flack for it, i'm sure. but he continued and he just broke barriers without doing it the way other people do it. emotionally the music brought people together, emotionally before integration laws and all the people were about that that was just dick clark, he was a wonderful, wonderful man and he did everything with class and style and integrity. if he gave you his word, you
could count on it. you know -- >> which that is high praise in the tv business. there are a lot of people who it's not that way. in many ways hi paved the way for someone like ryan seacrest, i'm doing multiple -- i'm doing work over 60 minutes, i have a syndicated show, you were an executive at bravo, but you were also on the air. you hosted a beauty pageant production. >> other than merv griffin that we were talking about, there were not that many people who were on air and also working behind the scenes. >> we were trying to think of other people who have does it. merv griffin is -- but, no, and mr. gordy, if you look at the career he's had, and he also has
produced incredible shows along the way. was he actually a good businessman? >> he was born with the knowledge, not only was he a good businessman, he knew how to deal with people and he always had that humility about him that comes natural with being who he was. you know, he was -- it was the hall of fame and i presented him with the award and he was so humble, that he cried like a baby, it meant so much to him. and as great as he was, he would
always be humble to people. and always talked to people, always take pictures, always make people together. he was an amazing, amazing man. i appreciate you being on the program to talk about the dick clark that we knew and the dick coll clark, the friend that you knew for so long. >> follow me on twitter@anderson cooper, we're tweeting about dick clark tonight, what you think his legacy is going to be. there's also breaking news in the secret service sex
scandal. we have learned what the secret service were alleged to have done before president obama arrived. we will talk to a reporter that interviewed one of the women. the story she tells is unbelievable. the latest ahead. rhythmically ] ♪ bum-bum, bum-bum, bum-bum ♪ ♪ [ imitates guitar noise ] ♪ [ vocalizing up-tempo heavy metal song ] ♪ [ vocalizing continues ] ♪ [ all singing ] the redesigned, 8-passenger pilot. smarter thinking. from honda.
as many as ten military personnel are also under investigation, including five army special forces members. the allege it misconduct unfolded last week before president obama arrived in columbia. a source tells cnn that there were drugs involved in the incident. national security contributor fran townsend who's just learning more information about the specific team the service members were on. what can you tell us? >> anderson, you know we talk about this group of skreecret service -- what we're learning there is this group of agents, at least some portion of them are part of what's called the junk team. the junk team arrives only in the last 36 to 48 hours prior to
the president. they had just arrived the morning of this incident. so you arrive, you drop the car off, the car is being protected, that's not an issue. they go to their hotel, they check in. there's a control room where you can get rid of any sensitive documents and weapons. shower up you get ready and you go out to dinner. and it's the evening they arrived in the country. >> the same day they rife, they go out and pick up these women allegedly. >> that's exactly right. >> and they obviously had some knowledge of where to go or somebody had some knowledge of where to do. >> it's not clear, presumably that will come out as part of the investigation, what we do know is that the secret service, like many law enforcement agencies has an office at the embassy in bogota. >> i've been in cartegena, it's
amazing place, and some people will identify you as a tourist. i mean local people who are paid by these clubs to encourage people to go and that's also a possibility, i suppose. >> absolutely. we know certain details of the investigation so far have leaked. there weren't women who were under the age of 20. all the women seem to be of age, if you will. one source said to me, there is no indication, they have interviewed maids, they have interviewed others and there's no evidence of drugs being involved. there was a lot of drinking going on. if there hadn't been a dispute over the payment of this one prostitute, none of this would have come to light. >> and the story he's going to tell us in just a moment is really stunning, about the details of this that it went on so listening. hearinging the details, and we don't know everything yet, it's
hard to believe this is an isolated incident. it's hard to believe that a bunch of guys hit the ground running in cartegena and it makes you wonder what's been going on on other trips. >> when i was traveling internationally, i saw no sign of anything of the south, they were incredibly professional. but you were not there for the advanced team and what happened there. i do think that the fact that it's 11 people, two supervises and this happens as you say so close to the time of their arrival explains why the director of the secret service mark sullivan has said he's going to appoint this external panel to look at this. but i think there are some concerns about whether this is an isolated incident. >> as we mentioned, one of the prostitutes allegedly hired by the u.s. secret service agents and brought back to the hotel room, has gone public with her story, she said she didn't realize the american man she met last week was a secret service
agent. >> william you spoke to the woman who is at the heart of this that she had an argument with one of the secret service agents. >> reporter: one of the things she said was that she had no idea these were secret service agents. she says that she met up with a small group of americans in a discotheque here in cartegena and one of them was essentially hitting on her and said he wanted to be with her and she says that she told him, well that's great, but you have to give me a gift. and he said, well, how much is the gift and she says that she told him $800. and then a lot of drinking happen and then she and he went back to the hotel. and there was lost another
columbian woman who hooked up with another secret service agent. and they all went back to the hotel together. and the next morning the woman asked for her payment, he became angry, he said i was drunk, you can't expect me to pay that and she insists and he gets angry and throes her out of the room, and then there's this sort of bizarre scene unfolds where he enlists the help of this other prostitute and the other american and they sort of knock on the door, she says they were discreet and weren't trying to make a scene, but they spent a couple of hours trying to coax this guy to open his door and according to her he wouldn't even say a word. finally she gets fed up and goes to leave and runs into a police officer in the hotel. tells him the story and he goes back with her and then you have this bizarre scene where you've got two columbian police officers now, these two
prostitutes, hotel security guy shows up, and then at some point more of the americans come out of their hotel rooms and they -- and according to her, three of these guys are standing in front of this one guy's door, sort of blockading it from the people around there. and this is all going on at the beach front hotel the day before obama shows up at the summit meeting. >> the scene that you describe is unbelievable. the fact that it went on this long. there were reports that the president's schedule may have been in the room which would obviously be a security concern. did she see the schedule or anything else that could have jeopardized the president's security? >> she said she had no idea at all that these guys had anything to do with the government or obama or any kind of security thing. >> this woman was very clear with you that she was an escort not a prostitute. this may be a dumb question but what is the difference? >> it was upsetting to her even
though she had never been identified in any of these reports, that people were talking about her as though she was a common prostitute and she insisted, i am not a prostitute, she said i'm an escort and she said the difference is that she gets paid more money and has a better sort of clientele. >> you say the woman was still angry but also seemed scared, fearing some kind of retaliation from the u.s. government? >> i think that she's scared of a bunch of things, i think she's scared to find herself as the person who sort of kicked the hornet's nest and started this thing off. she's scared, she says, of, you know, that maybe this guy is now in big trouble and could lose his job and would want to retaliate against her. she says this is a huge deal, and you know, i think that this is, you know, this is just a society where often for good
reason there's been reasons to be afraid of authority and, you know, government security apparatus. so there's just this sort of, she's afraid that somebody might want to do something to her. >> i have been to cartegena several times, is this a place where one would go to specifically meet one where you could go and hire or was this a discotech where lots of people would go? >> there's been a lot of clubs named in news reports and stuff. a lot of these clubs are literally who are houses, dressed up -- not even dressed up. but someone's bar and various abbreviated way, they are strip clubs, they are whore house, this was a high earned disco right in the tourist part of
town. >> william neuman, i appreciate your report on this. in texas tonight, police say they now know why this baby boy was stole from his mother's arms moments after she was gunned down outside her pediatrician's office. the baby is safe tonight, his life however, has changed forever. details ahead. what we achieved here. what we learned here. and what we pioneered here. all goes here. the one. the accord. smarter thinking from honda.
in baby boy is all right today. it's a crime to terrible to contemplate. >> kayla gold was doing what mothers do, caring for her newborn baby, taking her 3-day old son keegan to a doctor's checkup. that's when police say she was confronted by another woman, a stranger. witnesses say an argument erupted, then horrifying sounds. >> they were struggling and i didn't know what was going on. but after i heard the -- after the fourth gunshot, then i knew something was going on. >> reporter: the attacker shot kayla golden several times in
the chest then snatched the baby. witnesses say golden even after she was shot could be heard screaming, my baby. >> the mother of the three-day old child has been shot and she tried to get the child from the vehicle and she was dragged to the ground as the car took off. >> an amber alert is issued and adjust few hours later detectives searching for a description of the suspect's getaway car find it in a parking place in montgomery county, texas near houston. police -- they find baby keegan alive and unharmed with mclean's sister in a neighboring county. that's when investigators say they begin to unravel mclean's shocking motivation. >> initially information is that she did have a miscarriage, she needed to justify having a child to her soon to be fiance and they were going to get married in may, she had led him to
believe she was pregnant and she had a child. >> reporter: mclean told her boyfriend that she had given birth to a baby. >> investigation so far would indicate that this was a random choice. on her part. i think she knew the patterns that the pediatric center where she was at because she had taken her children there in the past. but there was nothing to caned that there was anything beyond planning further than that. >> reporter: investigators are still trying to make sense of this motive, mclean is a registered nurse who is already the mother of three children herself. kayla golden's husband is left to raise their three children. and to wonder why a random tragedy would strike his family in such a way. >> i loved her, she loved me. >> reporter: and a little baby
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